1995 Suzuki Escudo

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Amazing. :shock:
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Saw the link on teamswift this morning, wish they had some more information on how the drivetrain works with the front engine turned around the wrong way!
Very cool car. 8)
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Lacking interior shots though...

Seeing it run would have been amazing back then!!
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Great read, photo's and video. Truly an awesome piece of motorsport history. 8)
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southy wrote: Lacking interior shots though...
The interior shots in chapter 3 are pretty good. :-s
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I never realised the 95 car was running the bi motor setup, I figured it would have been the same as the 96 car running the mid mounted v6!
I wonder if they are the actual motors they used or are they just stock g16/13's in there for show. :-k
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The 95 car was the first of the space frame specials and he used the engine formula from the 93 twin engine Cultus car, the 96 car swapped to the single v6 which shed a lot of weight and more importantly improved under car aero with the massive tunnels down each side of the car.

I would expect the engines in the car to be the original ones from 95, they had no use for them the following year.
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Ahh fair call.

I thought a few of you NZ' folk ended up with parts of the motors from the bi motor cultus, so just figured that monster would have offloaded the motors from the escudo too.
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Spare parts from the engine Builder who was/is based in Auckland.
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southy wrote: Lacking interior shots though...
The interior shots in chapter 3 are pretty good. :-s
:oops: completely missed a whole section of chapter 3.... #-o
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Dattman wrote:Saw the link on teamswift this morning, wish they had some more information on how the drivetrain works with the front engine turned around the wrong way!
Very cool car. 8)
Noticed the mounting of the front engine too, damn I want more info on this thing!

Awesome article.. and great to see the old school Suzuki kit getting some recognition with a wider audience :D
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I'm just joining the dots here, but I reckon the engine is reversed so it could be mounted further inboard, with a non-suzuki transaxle that reverses the rotational direction of the diff.
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Dattman wrote:The 95 car was the first of the space frame specials and he used the engine formula from the 93 twin engine Cultus car, the 96 car swapped to the single v6 which shed a lot of weight and more importantly improved under car aero with the massive tunnels down each side of the car.

I would expect the engines in the car to be the original ones from 95, they had no use for them the following year.
According to the Edgells (the engine builders), the engines never came back. It was too complicated to ship them back. US import export law. Hence why engines were built in NZ as it was easier to get them indented to the US than from Japan. Tim Edgell only got the engines back the year he and his brother went over because they realised they were going to be SCRAPPED...
And I am pretty sure there was someone else from unzud on this board that benefited from the parts.....
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HP dictates how fast you hit the wall
And torque is how much you push the wall out of true.
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Interesting convo the other day was about the older monster cars and the use of an EV .Although making 1000hp at sea level , at altitude (pikes peak) they would lose massive hp and would only make numbers like 600hp.
The EV has no power losses at altitude so it makes the same power at any altitude.

I dont know if this is public knowledge or inside info or if i could get into trouble posting this but heres what ive been told...
Tajima has a good chance of been outright winner of this years pikes peak (and not just outright in EV) because some of the other big name contenders wont be attending.
Theres been some upgrades which include the amount of total charge time that it takes to charge the car from fully flat to fully recharged .Im talking a total of ten hours for 10 minutes run last year , to a staggering 20 minutes for a 10 minute run this year , this means that more testing and preparation can be done.
Ironically Tajima sprouts his creation as an eco friendly car , yet this year is running up to four yanmar diesel engines (2 or 3 which are something like 34Kva) for charging etc and 1 generator dedicated to a tyre warmer !
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Interesting conversation the other day with a couple of chemistry uni graduates about electric vehicles full stop. second hand information.... IF you have an accident in an EV AND the fire brigade identify it as having lithium ion batteries AND it is on fire, do not expect them to come and rescue you. And they will not be quenching the fire with water....
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n0madic wrote: I dont know if this is public knowledge or inside info or if i could get into trouble posting this but heres what ive been told...
Tajima has a good chance of been outright winner of this years pikes peak (and not just outright in EV) because some of the other big name contenders wont be attending.
Yep Loeb has done Pikes Peak, absolutely thrashed everyone, he's off to 'tick' the World Touring Car championship box this year so pretty unlikely he'll be doing it.
Reece Millen turned up with a knife to a gun fight last year, still broke his own record though but might as well been in another class, he's doing the American (but strangely named 'Global' rally cross series and running a whole team including a car for Emma Gilmour so I doubt he'll have the time or funds to do Pikes peak this year.

Might be a two way fight between Tajima-san and Paul Dallenbach this year, I'm predicting low 9min runs if the weather is good, of course if Peugeot turn up with last years car and a different driver then all bets are off :lol:

n0madic a 20min recharge period for a bank of batteries that large is insane... there is definitely a trickle down effect from the information learned through racing, eco friendly would be not racing in the first place though :lol:
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